Former Unicef Staff – at Culture of Peace – Sowing Seeds Early Childhood Development – UN Webcast : 7 sep 2017 (Summary)

Our colleagues, “former UNICEF staff”  were part of the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace 7 Sep 2017. … convened by the President of the UN General , H.E. Peter Thomson in the UN General Assembly Hall (AM) and Trusteeship Chamber (PM). Included: Anwarul K. Chowdhury,  Marta Santos Pais, Rima Salah, Bahula Boring , Chandika Kapalika,, Natabara Rollosson…. .

“Sowing the Seeds of the Culture of Peace:

Early Childhood Development Is the Beginning


See links below and start time in webcast.

Afternoon Session in Trusteeship Chamber:

Webcast afternoon session:


 Anwarul K. Chowdhury:  Chair and Moderator.. Highlights important concepts throughout the 2 hr + Session  (mentions girl child  at : 1hr.,  11min.

Marta Santos Pais . Panelist –   speaks at 1 hr:13 min ,  Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)

Rima Salah , – Panelist –  speaks at 1 hr. 55 min., Chair,  of Early Childhood Peace Consortium,

 Pia Britto – Unicef -Representative at continuation plenary meeting in afternoon – speaks at 35 minutes,  Chief and Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development, Unicef.

Morning session in General Assembly Hall

Webcast morning session:

Began with the President of the UN General Assembly , H.E. Peter Thomson, then a statement by a representative of the Secretary-General and the Keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace laureate.

 It was followed by a Musical interlude beginning at 30 minutes.:2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-singers-sri-chinmoy-peace-meditation-at-un

Bahula Boring  – singer ,  Chandika Kapalika – singer – musician, Natabara Rollosson -singer  (with others) performed as part of the Musical Interlude . The musical interlude lasts until 42.15 minutes when the President says, “On behalf of you all, I’d like to thank Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations for that beautiful performance, and for the Culture of Peace for which they have stood for so long.”  the link to the webcast:

See also separate link to excerpts of some informal transcript of the discussions and programme of day; PDF scan of brochure provided at event, including background, history, bio-of speakers and words of peace songs performed.

Note: Similar message is being sent BCC (as recommended) to the all xunicef list to cut down on inadvertent reply to all responses.  For information on “all” email list. that Oscar F. kindly maintains  see:


Gallery : click for larger or different resolution photos:

Programme gallery:

Agenda from Pres. UNGA:    2017-09sep-07-Culture-of-peace-un-GA-pres-announcemnt-agenda

PDF of Programme brochure: 2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-UN-GA-ocr

Other useful links:

About adhiratha

I joined the UN Secretariat in 1973 and UNICEF in 1974. During 2005-2006 I was on loan from UNICEF to UN Secretariat for special projects and between 2007 to 2010 was a consultant specialist for UNFPA. Have also been consultant or unpaid volunteer for various NGO's . My fathers favorite quote from Sri Chinmoy was : "There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you ,, Always Ahead of you...". Association with organizations that seek to implement the UN Charters goal of practical "oneness" feels like an inner connection or reality that is not time or position bound.
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